Wayside cross 65m west of St Uny's Church, Lelant


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018156

Date first listed: 01-Dec-1960

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Mar-1998


Ordnance survey map of Wayside cross 65m west of St Uny's Church, Lelant
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District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Ives

National Grid Reference: SW 54755 37726


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Reasons for Designation

Wayside crosses are one of several types of Christian cross erected during the medieval period, mostly from the 9th to 15th centuries AD. In addition to serving the function of reiterating and reinforcing the Christian faith amongst those who passed the cross and of reassuring the traveller, wayside crosses often fulfilled a role as waymarkers, especially in difficult and otherwise unmarked terrain. The crosses might be on regularly used routes linking ordinary settlements or on routes having a more specifically religious function, including those providing access to religious sites for parishioners and funeral processions, or marking long-distance routes frequented on pilgrimages. Over 350 wayside crosses are known nationally, concentrated in south west England throughout Cornwall and on Dartmoor where they form the commonest type of stone cross. A small group also occurs on the North York Moors. Relatively few examples have been recorded elsewhere and these are generally confined to remote moorland locations. Outside Cornwall almost all wayside crosses take the form of a `Latin' cross, in which the cross-head itself is shaped within the projecting arms of an unenclosed cross. In Cornwall wayside crosses vary considerably in form and decoration. The commonest type includes a round, or `wheel', head on the faces of which various forms of cross or related designs were carved in relief or incised, the spaces between the cross arms possibly pierced. The design was sometimes supplemented with a relief figure of Christ and the shaft might bear decorative panels and motifs. Less common forms in Cornwall include the `Latin' cross and, much rarer, the simple slab with a low relief cross on both faces. Rare examples of wheel-head and slab-form crosses also occur within the North York Moors group. Most wayside crosses have either a simple socketed base or show no evidence for a separate base at all. Wayside crosses contribute significantly to our understanding of medieval religious customs and sculptural traditions and to our knowledge of medieval routeways and settlement patterns. All wayside crosses which survive as earth- fast monuments, except those which are extremely damaged and removed from their original locations, are considered worthy of protection.

The wayside cross 65m west of St Uny's church has survived well, and is a good example of a wheel-headed cross. Its decoration with a figure of Christ on one face and a cross on the other, is rare. It has the largest figure of Christ motif on a wheel headed cross in Cornwall. The removal of the cross from Lelant Lane in the later 19th century and its re-erection in the cemetery to the west of St Uny's Church, illustrates well the changing attitudes to religion and the impact of crosses on the local landscape since the medieval period.


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The monument includes a medieval wayside cross situated in the cemetery to the west of St Uny's Church. The cross survives as an upright granite shaft with a round, `wheel' head. The overall height of the monument in 2.01m. The principal faces are orientated north west-south east. Both principal faces are decorated, and have a narrow bead around their outer edges; the bead on the north west face is chipped at the top and is of irregular width. The north west face bears a large relief figure of Christ, with outstretched arms and the head inclined to one side. The legs and out-turned feet extend down onto the top of the shaft. The south east face bears a relief Latin cros, the lower limb extending down onto the shaft. The bead around the head also extends down either side of the shaft on this face. The shaft measures 1.51m high by 0.43m wide and is 0.25m thick. This wayside cross was originally located in Lelant Lane, and was recorded there in the 1850s. By 1896 the cross had been moved to its present position in the cemtery where it was recorded by the historian Langdon. It is Listed Grade II*.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 30429

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Langdon, A G, Old Cornish Crosses, (1896)
Title: 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Map; SW 33/43/part 53; Pathfinder 1364 Source Date: 1989 Author: Publisher: Surveyor:

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